Back to index Hoapili Trail to Keoneoio Beach Hike
Trip Date:  6/01/2011

: 4.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 150'

Group Size: 3

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Hoapili Trail Route
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Hoapili Trail Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 20 35.969, W 156 25.198     End Coordinates:   Same as starting coordinates
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 31 south to Makena Road.  Follow this road south until it becomes a narrow two-lane drive, and then you will enter the Ahihi Kinau preserve with black lava rock on both sides of the road.  Follow this all the way to the end, parking in the open area at La Perouse Bay.
Hazards of Note:   Very windy during most times of the year.  Bring water, as there is none along the way that is drinkable. Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  La Perouse Bay is a popular area, but once on the trail you will not meet very many others.
General Notes:
The trailhead for the Hoapili trail follows a very obvious trail south along the shoreline.  You will pass by a number of ancient Hawaiian structure ruins, which are historically significant and should not be disturbed.  The first beach that you reach has a path through a pleasant tree tunnel, along with more ruins and many black goats who now inhabit the area.  Just at the end of the beach the trail either follows along the shoreline toward the La Perouse Bay lighthouse, or turns left, which is the trail you will be taking.  Follow this as it then bends back to the south, and you will walk along a rough lava field path that can be very damaging to your shoes if you do not walk carefully to avoid the very sharp lava rock.
Continue on this trail pas a small beach oasis that you will see on your right near the two mile mark, and then drop down into Keoneoio Beach when you get past a small bay which the trail walks along the edge of.  The beach is very windy and very remote, and you should have it all to yourself for the duration of your visit.

My son Dustin prepared for anything along the trail. Dustin at the trailhead.
A nice native forest along the start of the hike. Setting out from the trailhead
Great color contrasts between the lava and the ocean. Walking along the bay
Memorial we passed for a departed local surfer. Makeshift memorial
Following the trail through a pretty thick bunch of Kiawe trees. Tree tunnel
Remnants of the ancient Hawaiian village which once thrived in this location. Tree tunnel and ruins
The sign marking the way you want to head toward the beach along the Hoapili trail. Going the right way
The trail along the way is pretty rough and cut right through the lava flows from long ago. The tough trail
First view of the Waimoku Falls, 400 feet high. Keoneoio Beach area
My son Tristan near another ancient Hawaiian wall at Keoneoio Beach. Tristan at Keoneoio Beach
GPX image of the hike. GPS track of hike